Saturday, November 08, 2014

The New Language War

Language is a war zone.

And it could be fatal.

We read:

Palestinian Liberation organization PLO expressed concern over the use of the inaccurate term “Temple Mount” to refer to Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem, urging all international media representatives to adhere to international law and correct any other existing terminology used.

“The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is not a disputed territory and all other terms, therefore, are null and void,” stated the statement...This entire area enclosed by the walls which spans 144 dunums (almost 36 acres), forms the Mosque.

...the Mosque has been under exclusive Muslim sovereignty and control since the construction of the Dome of the Rock in 692 CE. As such, any entrance to the Al Aqsa Mosque must be agreed and coordinated by the Muslim Waqf.  Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound is located in East-Jerusalem, an internationally recognized part of the Occupied State of Palestine, stressed the statement.

Consider this

Moreover, the Qur'an expressly recognizes that Jerusalem plays the same role for Jews that Mecca has for Muslims. We read: "They would not follow thy direction of prayer (qibla), nor art thou to follow their direction of prayer; nor indeed will they follow each other's direction of prayer...." (Qur'an, Sura 2:145, "The Cow") All Qur'anic commentators explain that "thy qibla" is obviously the Kaba of Mecca, while "their qibla" refers to the Temple Mount Area in Jerusalem. Some Muslim exegetes also quote the Book of Daniel as proof of this (Daniel 6:10).

Well, we learn that in Malaysia, someone thinks that
Jerusalem is the key to understanding the historical process of the Middle East and the world at large...we will indeed see...[the] imminent happy ending that was prophesized to us in the Qur’an and the Sayings of our Prophet. The Muslims will wake up from their slumber and the Jews will receive their promised Divine punishment. The Zionist State will be destroyed and whatever they have built will be raised to the ground.

Anyway, the PLO pressure is partially effective on CNN.  A bit of reserach should have informed all that 
The Muslims’ name for Jerusalem was Bayt al-Maqdis.
The Umayyads cast aside the non-religious Roman name for the city, Aelia Capitolina (in Arabic, Iliya) and replaced it with Jewish-style names, either Al-Quds (The Holy) or Bayt al-Maqdis (The Temple).

So who, exactly, is distorting history, not to mention the fact that Al-Aqsa Mosque was built after Muslims conquered the city in 636/8 CE ("the Mosque has been under exclusive Muslim sovereignty and control since the construction of the Dome of the Rock in 692 CE") and the Crusaders ruled the city for just over 200 years ("The Crusaders conquered the city in 1099 and held it until its conquest by the army of Saladin in 1187... The Sixth Crusade put Jerusalem back under Crusader rule (1229–44)") and the British ruled in for 31 years and Israel for 47 years.  And is there such a thing as "Muslim soverignty"?

as late as 692 the idea of Jerusalem as the lift-off for the Night Journey had not yet been established. (Indeed, the first extant inscriptions of Qur'an 17:1 referring to Jerusalem date from the eleventh century.)

Is the 'recommendation' working?

Here's the Independent

...right-wing Israeli politicians became increasingly vocal about asserting Jewish prayer rights in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, which Jews revere as their most sacred spot –the site of their two ancient temples. It has been an exclusively Muslim prayer area since the seventh century and Moshe Dayan, Israel’s Defence Minister during the 1967 Six Day War, decided to keep it that way after Israel occupied Arab East Jerusalem.

Temple Mount not mentioned.

Sydney Morning Herald

Jordan-Israel relations plummet over al-Aqsa mosque strife in Jerusalem

Temple Mount is mentioned. 

And now I have seen the report of Ohad Hammo on Channel Two TV with the final scene with its "Temple Denial" theme:

"they [the Jews] have no Temple according to us"

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